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TBay District moving out of Lockdown after Family Day

Business and City of TBay Facilities that can open

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~~  February 12, 2021  (LSN)  Before the December 26 Lockdown Thunder Bay District was in the Orange or Restricted Zone.  It is moving into  the Red Zone or Control Zone on Tuesday, February 16th  The Red Zone is one step down from or Gray Zone Lockdown

The Red category of the Province’s COVID-19 Response Framework is outlined by the Province as “Broader-scale actions and restrictions across multiple sectors to control the spread. Restrictions are the most severe available before wide-scale business or organizational closings.”

Province has made the decision to move the Thunder Bay District Health Unit into the Red category,” said Mayor Bill Mauro. “This will allow for the reopening of some city facilities beginning next week, and will provide an opportunity for businesses to reopen with limited capacity.”

Rating across Northern Ontario 

  • Thunder Bay District                          Red control 
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts  Orange Restrict 
  • Algoma Public Health                         Yellow Protect 
  • Northwestern Health Unit                    Yellow Protect 

stay in their level for at least two weeks

According to s Dr. Janet DeMille, Medical Officer of Health. for the Thunder Bay District Health Unit  In addition to the general public health measures, there are some new and specific requirements that apply under the Red - Control zone. For a complete listing of the general and sector specific restrictions, please visit the Red - Control section of the framework online at the Province of Ontario’s website. All measures are also detailed in Ontario Regulation 263/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 2 under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act

Most business will be able to reopen including restaurants, bars,  hotels, motels, and other short-term rentals, Personal Servies barbershops, hair salons and personal physical fitness or sports trainers, other retail sales,  

City of Thunder Bay Facilities 
Norm Gale stated that not all facilities will reopen the day the orders are lifted, but that city staff are working hard to bring these services back to the community as quickly and safely as possible.

All Recreational Facilities
The following changes will be implemented upon moving to level Red at all Recreation & Culture facilities that plan to reopen:

  • Capacity limits, where physical distancing can be maintained, include:
    • 10 people in indoor areas with weights and exercise machines
    • 10 people in all indoor classes or 25 people in outdoor classes
    • No spectators permitted, however each person under 18 may be accompanied by one parent or guardian for supervision
  • Team sports must not be practiced or played except for training (no games or scrimmage)
  • Activities that are likely to result in individuals coming within two metres of each other are not permitted; no contact is permitted for team or individual sports

Additional facility-specific changes and reopening dates include:

All arenas will reopen Feb. 17

  • Participant group size is maximum 10 plus organizational staff such as coaches, designates, managers and trainers
  • Call 625-2434 for booking inquiries

Canada Games Complex
Canada Games Complex will reopen Feb.22

  • The following will be closed during Red: weight rooms, cardio rooms, track, squash courts and Chronic Disease Management programs
  • Pool remains open for one-hour bookings
  • Fitness classes and programs will be offered on a reduced schedule with a maximum of nine participants and one instructor
  • Pre-booking for pool and fitness classes will be available starting February 18 at noon at: 
  • Memberships may be continued for use of the pool and fitness programs, or they may be placed on hold until reverting back to level Orange. Call 684-3333 for membership inquiries

Churchill Pool Churchill Pool will reopen Feb. 17

  • Call 577-2538 as of Feb. 16 to pre-book swimming activities for up to three days in advance

Volunteer Pool 

Volunteer Pool remains closed at this time, with an anticipated reopening in March.

Community Centres 
Current River, North McIntyre, Oliver Road, Vale and West Thunder will reopen gradually for limited programming between Feb. 16 and Mar. 1. Contact a centre directly for more information on available hours and bookings

  • Jumbo, North End, South Neebing and Vickers Heights will remain closed during the red stage.
  • Maximum 10 people seated for centres with restaurant service; take-out is also available at participating centres
  • Visit: for information

Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre

  • The 55 Plus Centre will reopen Feb. 22, and programs are subject to change based on new capacity limits. You will be contacted to advise you of changes to Winter registered classes you have signed up for.
  • Credits will be issued for any cancelled registered classes up until the reopening date

West Arthur Community Centre 
West Arthur Community Centre will reopen Feb. 25 for 55 Plus programming, and programs are subject to change based on new capacity limits. The centre will reopen Mar. 1 for other general community centre programming.

  • Credits will be issued for any cancelled registered classes up until the reopening date.

Outdoor Rinks, Trails, Conservatory
At the City’s outdoor rinks, organized games of any kind, including hockey/shinny, continue to be prohibited. Capacity at boarded rinks remains at a maximum of 25. Physical distancing of two metres between users who do not live in the same household is required, and masks are recommended. By-law officers and Parks staff are monitoring outdoor rinks for compliance.

Trails and sliding hills remain open. Physical distancing of two metres between users who do not live in the same household is required. The Botanical Conservatory will remain closed, pending review of the Regulations next week.

The City reminds residents that all City facilities operate under strict health and safety measures which must be adhered to by residents to limit the spread of COVID-19 and for the safety of facility patrons and City staff. Due to the rapidly changing nature of the pandemic, services are subject to ongoing assessment and potential change.

Appointment bookings for service at other City facilities such as City Hall and Victoriaville Civic Centre remain available. Residents can refer to the individual item in the A-Z Directory to find specific instructions.

For the rules and conditions follow this link   

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